Don’t Judge Me Mondays: The Wake Up Call

A lot of people ask me where I get inspiration for my recipes.  One source is food related podcasts. I was recently listening to one of my favorites, Spilled Milk,  one of the drinks they discussed caught my ear.  It was a drink made of espresso and tonic water.  I’d never heard of it before,…

Rachel’s Food Tourism: The French Laundry

As you all know, I love to cook.  However my (and my husband’s) love of food also extends outside our home.  Great food tends to be what my husband and I save up for.  Some people may save up for theater tickets or a giant TV, we save up to go to the French Laundry….

Sweet and Salty Roasted Chickpeas

A few weeks ago, I bought some honey-roasted chickpeas from Whole Foods.  They were delicious and I realized they couldn’t be that hard to make.  Turns out I was right (yay me, he he).  I decided I wanted to make a sweet and salty version, though.  Anything savory and sweet is right up my alley! First…

Don’t Judge Me Mondays: The Summery Summary

Well, there’s no denying fall is on its way.  As I type this, the wind is whipping around outside, there’s a nip in the air and I’ve been seeing more and more golden hues in the trees. While I don’t mind the gray and rainy fall days here in the Pacific Northwest most of the…

Caramelized Onion Dip

A few years back, my husband and I went to a local bar and ordered some onion dip with pretzels.  It was amazing!  On a whim, my husband asked the waiter if the chef would give us the recipe.  The waiter came back later with the recipe scrawled out on a piece of paper.  I…

German’s Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Last week in my Book Club post you may remember that I mentioned German Chocolate Sandwich cookies were part of the menu.  I chose these for Book Club because I wanted to make a German dessert and I just love that coconut-y frosting.  Well, it turns out German Chocolate cake is German in name only!  The…

Don’t Judge Me Mondays: The Birthday Girl

Not only is today my birthday, but it’s also National Chocolate Milkshake Day.  How lucky can a girl get!  In honor of both of these things, I am sharing a version of a chocolate milkshake.  Since it’s Don’t Judge Me Monday, it will obviously be a boozy one. ;)  Today I am using a kind…

Book Club- The Tin Drum

Welcome to Book Club! The book we read this month was The Tin Drum  by Günter Grass.  It is a German book that has been translated to English several times, we chose the most recent translation by Breon Mitchell.  When our newest member to book club (hey Sally!) picked it, she said she found it in…

Steak Sauce Kale Chips

I’m sure most of you have heard of Kale Chips by now.  For those of you that haven’t, they are exactly what they sound like, chips (like potato chips, not fries, sorry Britain) made with kale. They are delicious!  My husband and I have been on a big kale chip kick (say that 3 times…

Don’t Judge Me Mondays: The Bourbon Equinox

This last week in the Pacific Northwest has felt like fall.  There is an autumnal nip in the air and the leaves are starting to change.  Septembers here are always beautiful, so I know we have a few clear and sunny days left.  However, the rainy and cooler weather is making me look towards fall….

Tomato & Cheddar Biscuits

At the beginning of the summer, my husband and I took a day trip to Sequim.  It’s a cute little town on the west side of the state, about a 2-hour drive from us (a beautiful forest-filled drive at that!).  While we were there we checked out the shops in the main part of town….

What to do with leftovers

I don’t know about you guys but my husband and I seem to have an abundance of leftovers in the fridge the past few weeks.  I am always thinking up new ways to use them and thought you might be interested to hear some of my old favorites.  Of course we all know the obvious,…